“It’s Time to Vote Tuesday” 165!

Today is Tuesday! and if you’ve been coming here for any length of time, you know that, for most people Tuesday is just the day after Monday, but for you it means that “Time to Vote Tuesday” is here!! YES!!! What is “Time to Vote Tuesday”?:

“Time to Vote Tuesday” is the session of fun weekly polls which spark thought, debate, and intrigue! Each poll closes in a week with results posted on the following ‘TVT’!

The last week’s poll: Captains on Camera has officially closed and the results are in with 44 total votes…asking for your choice of captains in movies. Captains of starships, pirate ships, armies and more. Thanks to everyone who voted and shared their fave Captains. The results are in and the winners of the poll were:

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To check out the overall results of last week’s poll, click HERE!


This week’s edition of ‘TVT’ entitled “The Jewel that is Jessica” takes a look at an actress that I’ve come to appreciate more: Golden Globe winner and 2-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain.chastainredcarpet

Born in Sacramento, California on March 24, 1977, Jessica Chastain was one of five children to a vegan chef for a mother and a fireman for a father. The first member of her family to attend college, Chastain worked for a professional San Francisco theater company before attending the drama division of The Julliard School in New York City (which she was able to attend largely in part through a scholarship provided by Robin Williams).

Right before graduating she landed a few television deals but found difficulty in even landing auditions. About her early career, Chastain once stated, “being a redhead and not having very conventionally modern looks, it was confusing for people and they didn’t know exactly where to put me.” Othello

Chastain worked on several projects prior to her film career taking off. Some of those projects included touring in a stage production of Othello with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, WB’s pilot remake of the 1960’s TV show Dark Shadows, the TV show ER and even played a part in Veronica Mars.chastainveronica

Being hand-picked by Al Pacino to play opposite him in the play “Salome,” proved to be later beneficial for Chastain as Pacino recommended her to Terrence Malick landing an audition for The Tree of Life, which she starred in.chastainsalome

Her roles range and her performances continually impress. I remember seeing her in The Help and feeling as if I knew who the blonde woman in need of assistance in her home was, but just couldn’t place her without her signature red hair.

Known for her red hair, classy fashion and her beautiful smile (Chastain was named the Sexiest Smile by Victoria Secret’s “What Is Sexy” list in 2012), Chastain is highly recognizable now after “being a redhead and not having very conventionally modern looks.” Fully devoted to her roles, Chastain captivates and benefits each title she is a part of simply by her presence. Who else can you see playing her role in Zero Dark Thirty or The Help or Take Shelter? (my point exactly!) 🙂

One of the biggest breakthrough actors of 2011, Chastain is one of the hardest working thespians in Hollywood. In 2011 alone SEVEN films starring the gorgeous actress released to audiences around the world.

  1. The Help
  2. Texas Killing Fields
  3. Wilde Salomé 
  4. The Tree of Life 
  5. The Debt 
  6. Coriolanus
  7. Take Shelter

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Courtesy IMDB’s trivia page, here are some bits of trivia about Jessica Chastain you may not have known:Jessica-Chastain-Golden-Globes-2013-beauty

  • Her idols are Isabelle Huppert, Tilda Swinton and Julianne Moore.
  • Owns a three-legged dog named Chaplin.
  • Was once roommates with Michelle Williams They were both nominated for Oscars in 2012 and have remained good friends.
  • Learned German and Krav Maga for The Debt (2010/I).
  • Ralph Fiennes is her favorite actor.
  • Was originally cast in Iron Man 3 (2013) as Maya Hansen but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
  • “The Sopranos” (1999) is her favorite television show.
  • Plays the ukulele.
  • Became the first woman in nearly 50 years to have the leading role in the top two movies at the box office, she accomplished this honor whenMama (2013/I) debuted in the #1 spot knocking Zero Dark Thirty (2012) to the #2 position. (January 2013). This marked the second time that she had two movies at the top of the box office twice: in 2011 she had The Help (2011) (at #1) and The Debt (2010/I) (at #2).
  • jessica-chastain-wallpaperQuotes:
    • I get embarrassed really easily. I get embarrassed even when people sing me “Happy Birthday.”
    • Right after The Tree of Life (2011) came out, I started hearing about strategies for my career. And I made a decision that I wasn’t going to do anything based on a strategy. If I don’t continue to challenge myself and risk failure, I have no business being an actor. I’m not an actor to be a personality. I want to see every part I take like a master class. And you know what? I’m going to fail sometimes. And that’s OK. Because when you fail, you learn more.
    • I always say I am a realist, and my mom says, “No, you just have anxiety.”
    • I’m very sensitive in real life. I cannot not cry if someone around me is crying. I will start to cry if someone is crying, even if it’s not appropriate. I have that thing in me, a weakness or sensitivity.
    • I love fashion. As a young girl I would always save my money to buy fashion magazines and imagine myself doing photo shoots or walking up the red carpet. All those things came true in my life although I like a more retro look than a lot of the latest designer things I get to wear. But fashion is something I love to explore and I whenever I get to go to the big fashion shows in Paris I feel so much anxiety because I’m so fascinated by the art and creativity that goes into creating beautiful clothes.
    • I was the girl who cut school to go to the park, and the other kids would be smoking and drinking and I’d be reading Shakespeare.chastain
    • I think a film should be judged on the film and not on the sex of the person who directed the film.
    • I have a feeling that very soon I’m going to fail very, very big. I’m going to try something and everybody’s going to be like, “What was she thinking?”
    • I love being around great actors and film-makers, and I try to hide the fact that I’m in awe of them. I try to pretend with Al Pacino or Helen Mirren that, you know, we’re just part of the same team, we’re all in this together, but really, secretly, the whole time my heart is beating very fast.
    • I don’t read reviews because if you believe a good review, then you have to believe a bad review.
    • Whenever I approach a role, I’m the girl who will sit in my house for a month and just watch as much as I can on the time period.
    • Women inspire me who juggle many things, who continue to be creative and also have a personal life. I definitely want a family, because how do you play normal people if you don’t have a normal life?
  • Want to read more from Chastain? There are so many more delightful quotes and factoids HERE. Sorry, I had to stop listing them, but I really enjoyed reading them.chastainwallpaper

Today I ask you:

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Thanks for joining me today! I can’t wait to see the results next week. I’m curious which of her roles you like the most. I know which ones I liked her in the most. Go out and see more Jessica Chastain movies. I am excited to see more of her future work which includes Christopher Nolan’s next project Interstellar.

Be sure to vote before the polls close on 9-24-13. The results will post on next week’s “Time to Vote Tuesday!”

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

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      • Her trivia is on my sidebar now 😀 I really respect her after reading some of her quotes. She really is different from the pack but that’s what makes me like her. Glad she finally got a lot of great roles, it’s so interesting that talent agents/casting managers didn’t know what to do w/ her as she’s not the typical cookie cutter beauty. WOW, I think she is beautiful, in fact, she’s more attractive than a lot of girls Hollywood consider hot. More power to her!


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